People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 24 

June 14, 2009


Contribute To Bengal Cyclone Victims Relief


AS on June 4, the total number of cyclone Aila affected persons in West Bengal has reached 67.5 lakh and the total death toll has risen to 137. The number of fully and partially damaged houses crossed nine lakh; the affected crop area exceeded 2.8 lakh hectares and the length of embankment destroyed is more than 500 kilometres.


Around 4.38 lakh people are staying in 782 relief camps and 409 gruel kitchens are in operation in the state. Considering the scale of damage and the suddenness with which this happened, the CPI(M) has urged upon the union government to declare this as a national calamity and provide all assistance to the state government in undertaking relief and rehabilitation work.


In this context, we reiterate the CPI(M) Polit Bureau appeal to the people to contribute their might to help mobilise resources for the cyclone affected people. Contributions may be sent to:


West Bengal Chief Minister's Relief Fund,

Government of West Bengal,

Writers Building, Kolkata